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02/29/08 09:28 AM  
Hops and Brett
Reading Ross's post on EKG got me thinking about flavors of hops that may be compatible with Brett. I am doing a 100% brett fermentation this weekend (a play on Mo Betta Bretta; a further play on Mike T's version) and was thinking about ways to experiment with splits of the main batch. I plan on two gallons with the regular recipe, 1 gallon on oak with Chardonnay and now I'm wondering about:

1 gallon heavily dry hopped with something that would complement the Brett (mostly lambicus). Any thoughts here?

I was thinking something like Mt. Hood or Chinook. something sort of spicy/earthy that might go nicely with funk.


02/29/08 10:09 AM  
Re: Hops and Brett
Whatever is in Orval?
02/29/08 10:27 AM  
Re: Hops and Brett
Try a new variety called Sorachi Ace. I got it from Fresh Hops. It smells very lemony and spicy and I have made a couple beers with it and it really compliments saisons and brett beers.
02/29/08 11:03 AM  
Re: Hops and Brett
I added dry hops to a couple bottles of my first Mo Betta clone. I liked the noble derived hops (Sterling, Mt. Hood) more than I liked the big American hops (Amarillo, Centennial(?)). I thought the citrusy hops fought with the funk, while the spicy hops complemented it.

I also struck out last summer with a Brett pale ale that had some cascade in it, but I suspect that more to do with poor temperature control than poor recipe design.

As for other ideas, how about some spices? I think something like pepper, grains of paradise would round out the fruity Brett funk.

02/29/08 11:59 AM  
Re: Hops and Brett
Yeah Spices may work nicely with lambicus. Hadn't thought of that end.

Maybe mount hood and a dash of corriander?

02/29/08 05:14 PM  
Re: Hops and Brett
As I recall, Orval has Hallertau and Styrian Goldings.
02/29/08 06:37 PM  
Re: Hops and Brett
In MJ's GBOB it states, the hops used in Orval, at least for the dry hopping, the variety has changed over the years between Styrians and EKG's. It's not made clear whether one was used first, then the other, or back and forth. It seems as though they first used the Styrians and then switched to EKG's, but could be the other way around. It's been a damn long time since I've had a bottle of Orval, so I really couldn't say.
02/29/08 09:21 PM  
Re: Hops and Brett
As far as Orval goes, the hops don't exactly dominate the aroma.

I'm thinking of a dryhopping at 1 oz. per gallon or so. really putting a nose on the brew. so I'm interested in something that would really go well with the Brett.

03/01/08 10:40 AM  
Re: Hops and Brett
That's what I thought but it seems to me when it's drank fresh there's supposed to be....

What about tettnangers? They have a nice herbal spicy aroma....

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